Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Illinois Laws Take Effect January 1

Dozens of new or revised laws take effect in Illinois on January 1, 2015.  The new laws address cyberbullying, police ticket quotas, e-cigarettes and other issues.  This slideshow outlines the top new Illinois laws.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Are you a science geek?

Do you find the science and technology report the most interesting part of the news?  If so, the Glenview Public Library has free factual online resources for you.  Today's Science provides online articles on current science topics without the junk.  Find articles about:

A Dino for the Record Books

Stretching nearly as long as a Boeing 737 airliner, a newly discovered supermassive dinosaur that lived 77 million years ago may have been the largest land...

When Being Fat Is Beneficial

While many humans work hard to keep weight off of their bodies, most marine mammals try their hardest to keep the fat on. The thick layers of blubber provide...

Plants Get a Boost from Souped-up Photosynthesis

Hunger affects over one billion people worldwide, and, if current trends continue, that number is expected to rise. Several options are available to combat...

These are just three examples of the type of science articles you will find in  Today's Science .  The next time you need to research a topic, don't rely only on Google for your research.  Use the quality electronic resources that your Glenview Public Library card number allows you to access for better search results.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Required Distributions from Your IRA

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers born before July 1, 1944, that they generally must receive payments from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Dec. 31.

Known as required minimum distributions (RMDs), these payments normally must be made by the end of 2014. But a special rule allows first-year recipients of these payments, those who reached age 70½ during 2014, to wait until as late as April 1, 2015 to receive their first RMDs. This means that those born after June 30, 1943 and before July 1, 1944 are eligible for this special rule. Though payments made to these taxpayers in early 2015 can be counted toward their 2014 RMD, they are still taxable in 2015.    

The required distribution rules apply to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs while the original owner is alive. They also apply to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. Call Number 808.83873 MON

Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini. Call Number 940.547252 ZAM

Hero of the motion picture and bestselling book Unbroken, Zamperini shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from his most inspiring life. In his own words, he reveals the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey.
Word for Word: A Translator's Memoir of Literature, Politics, and Survival in Soviet Russia by Lilianna Lungina. Call Number B Lungina, L. LUN

A bestselling sensation in Russia, Word for Word is the story of a nation's literary conscience--the history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a single person.
Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham. Call Number 658.407132 BUR

Burlingham interviewed dozens of owners who have sold or bequeathed their companies. Through their stories, he offers an inspirational and enlightening guide through one of the most stressful processes every business owner must face.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Remember The Northfield Township Food Pantry

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back. The Northfield Township Food Pantry asks you consider making a donation.

A reminder--the Northfield Township office and food panty have relocated to 2550 Waukegan Road, Suite 100, Glenview

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday

Shopping between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?  Don't forget your local businesses.  Today is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that anchor our local communities and strengthen our economy. You can show your support today by shopping and dining at your local small businesses.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Real Reviews for Readers

Nonfiction reviews by Reference staff.

Without You There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim. Call Number 818.6 KIM

North Korea is a sadder place than one can imagine. Suki Kim takes us there with a real life experience as a teacher at an elite school for boys. Her reportage was possible by keeping her notes on smuggled flash drives. At times chilling, informative and fascinating, Kim's command of both English and Korean allowed her to experience how often citizens are fed the party line. They are taught everything good in their life comes because of their wonderful leader, hence the title. She comes to love her students and now back in the U.S., she'll never know how their lives turned out. Very necessary reading.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos. Call Number 951.06 OSN

Osnos, a journalist and former China correspondent for the New Yorker, has found a broad range of fascinating people to write about. This is a series of articles and sketches of ordinary people, famous people (artist Ai Weiwei) and people in the booming tech industry. Because Osnos is fluent in Mandarin he gets to understand how ordinary people experience the profound economic and cultural changes in China today. This book won the National Book Award.

Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir by Penelope Lively. Call Number 828.914 LIV

A lively little collection of personal essays by a wonderful writer. Most of her output has been novels and Moon Tiger won the Booker. Lively is aware that at age 80 she is going to have to slow down. But her pleasures are not diminished: she reflects on her love of literature, her family and memories of travel and growing up in Egypt. Lively is a particularly engaging writer, and this memoir is a special read.

Reviews by Iva Freeman

Reasons to be Thankful for Libraries

Modern day libraries are gold mines of information and entertainment.  Some say they are old fashioned and some are convinced that they have been replaced by the Internet, but libraries are alive, well and doing more than ever before.  The benefits of the library are only limited by the number of times you decide to use the services and resources offered.

Books. Books are an incredible way to expand knowledge, personal development and entertainment, and libraries offer them for free.  There are those that argue that eBooks are taking over the world, but eBooks are offered by libraries too.  The best part about eBooks from libraries is that they are free and they automatically check themselves back in without incurring a fine.

Music. Libraries have amazing collections of CDs. Rock, pop, hip-hop, soundtracks, jazz, classical, you name it.  Libraries tend to have more of the oldies than newer songs, but this can be a definite plus.  Just exploring the music collection at your library is an adventure.

Movies. If you find movie theaters and Netflix expensive, check out the DVD collection at the library.  There is no need to spend money when you can just wait for your local library to get the most popular movie titles. Additionally, libraries are great for finding interesting documentaries and other classroom or personal development videos. 

Resources. Not only do libraries have stacks of encyclopedias, manuals, newspapers, magazines, and journals that can be used to your heart's content, they are full of librarians that know about research, popular reading, and electronic searching.  The library's web site offers access to electronic resources that you can access 23/7 even when the library building is closed.

Study space. Libraries have tons of open table space where you can work on study projects or relax while you read.  It's harder to be distracted while studying at the library when nearly everyone else around you is buried in a book or studying themselves.  

Computer/Internet access.  If all else fails at home and you're left without Internet access, your local library has you covered.  Bring your library card number with you to log onto a library PC, or bring your own laptop/tablet/device and use the library's wifi.  All you need to do is agree to the terms of use on the library's computer network.

Be thankful for your library.  It's one of the best community resources we have.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chicago Consumers Checkbook

Consumers Checkbook Logo

Chicago Consumers' CHECKBOOK is one of the Glenview Public Library's online electronic resources that is free to library visitors and home users with GPL library cards.  Find the link to Chicago Consumers' Checkbook on our 24 Hour Library web page

If you do not have a Glenview Public Library card, come in today with proof of residency so that you can start using our electronic resources from home. Only Glenview Public Library members can access this resource from home.

Chicago Consumers' CHECKBOOK, includes comprehensive ratings of quality, company-by-company price comparisons, and advice on local service providers and retailers in the following categories: 

CHECKBOOK offers several resources to help consumers find the best doctors. At Checkbook.org, you will find ratings of primary care physicians, based on our surveys of area patients, plus ratings of hospitals, dentists, and more. Our updated list of "Top Doctors" provides you with physicians' opinions of their peers, we surveyed all actively practicing physicians in the area and asked them which one or two doctors in each of 38 specialty fields they would consider most desirable for care of a loved one. Our list includes doctors who were mentioned most often.
Pest Control: The War at Home
Here are strategies for addressing household pest problems, keeping them from returning, and, if you need help de-pesting your nest, ratings of local professionals for quality and price.
They may be furry, but they’re family. Just as you carefully choose physicians to treat the humans near and dear to you, you want top-notch healthcare for your pets. We help you find, and work with, a veterinarian who provides the care and service your critter deserves without wrecking your treat budget. Our ratings of area vets for quality and price will help you find the best.
Hardware Stores
No matter your fix-it skillset and toolset, every do-it-yourselfer also needs a reliable hardware store at the ready—preferably one that charges reasonable prices. To help you find one, we’ve rated area stores for quality and price.
Hiring a Housecleaner
Since you spend most of your waking hours working, when you finally have time for yourself you’d prefer to do anything but clean your house. You can confront the cleanup drudgery stoically, head on, or hire someone to do your dirty work.
See What You've Been Missing: Window Washers
Looking for someone who actually does windows? We provide ratings of some area firms that specialize in this work.
Time to Re-tire? Finding Deals for Your Wheels
Time to trade in your treads? Want to know how to find the best replacements, at the lowest cost? Here's a lesson on buying tires, including price comparisons of local and online suppliers..
Auto Detailers
For less than $200, a detailing shop can transform your ride, inside and out, leaving it looking used-car-lot new.
Tailors and Dressmakers
The right tailor can help you look good and save money—by repairing torn or worn garments; altering clothes when styles switch or your weight changes; fitting clothes from retailers that overcharge for or don’t offer alterations; and customizing garments that don’t fit so well off the rack..

Monday, November 17, 2014

Northfield Township Offices Move

Northfield Township offices and the Northfield Township Food Pantry are now operating out of a new facility located at 2550 Waukegan Road, Suite 100, Glenview, IL 60025 (In the PNC Bank building, just north of the Heatherfield Shopping Center). 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Sissinghurst : Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden by Vita Sackville-West and Sarah Raven. Call Number SACKVILLE-WEST
Sissinghurst is one of the most visited and inspirational gardens in the world. This book, illustrated with drawings and original photographs throughout, shows us how it was created. Gardeners everywhere can read the practical advice and ideas from both Sarah Raven (married to Vita's grandson Adam Nicolson) and Vita Sackville-West, and discover Vita's most loved flowers.
Guitar Theory by David Hodge. Call Number 787.87193 HOD
This offering from the Idiot's Guides series breaks down music theory for guitar and other fretboard instruments in very simple and easy-to-understand lessons. Content includes everything a budding musician needs to know about the mechanics of music: building chords; playing scales; understanding intervals, melody and harmony; and writing songs. 
A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes by Jessica Fellowes. Call Number 791.4572 DOWNTON
This book explores the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate including house parties, debutantes, the London Season, yearly trips to Scotland, the sporting season, and, of course, the cherished rituals of Christmas.
The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim. Call Number 303.625 EBR
The life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father. Ebrahim was seven when his father shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, his father helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In this book Ebrahim traces his remarkable journey to escape his father's terrible legacy.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Veterans Day in Glenview November 11

Veterans Day is next Tuesday, November 11. The public is invited to take part in a brief ceremony beginning at 11 AM Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Glenview, at Glenview Road and River Drive. The program, led by Joseph M. Sesterhenn American Legion Post 166, will feature remarks from Post Commander Williams Bickley and Glenview Deputy Village Manager Don Owen.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Clocks Fall Back

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 2. Remember to move your clocks back one hour.
The switch back to Central Daylight Time is a good reminder to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Special: Research Does Not Have to be Scary

The Glenview Public Library has multiple electronic resources to help you write your research paper.  Do your research from our web site to find just the right quote, citation or image you need to get a good grade on your writing assignment.  Log on with your Glenview Public Library barcode card number at any time day or night to finish that assignment with facts from an almanac, a newspaper, or a scholarly journal.  We have electronic indexes and ebooks that will make your research easy and it's all keyword searchable.  We even have online tutors that will help correct your writing style.  Don't have a library card? Now that is scary! Apply for a library card at our circulation desk to have access to thousands of magazines, eBooks, journals, and newspapers online free of charge with your library card.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Glenview Trick-or-Treat Hours

Trick or Treat hours in Glenview are suggested from 3 to 7 pm on Friday, October 31.  Keep all those little princesses and superheroes safe.  Check out these Halloween safety tips.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New in Nonfiction

These titles and many more are located in New Nonfiction on the first floor.

When Paris Went Dark: the City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. Rosbottom. Call Number 944.3610816 ROS

Describes life in Paris after June 1940, when the Nazis occupied France, juxtaposing the eerie sense of normalcy felt by many.

Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen: 100 Recipes Featuring the Bold Flavors of Fermentation by Leda Scheintaub. Call Number 641.46 SCH

Enliven your cooking with pickles, yogurt, kombucha, and beyond. Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen draws on the traditions of fermenting from around the world, offering inspiring ways to incorporate nutritional cultures into everyday cooking.

Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth by Anthony D. Barnosky. Call Number 576.84 BAR

Paleontologist Barnosky examines evidence from the deep past and the present to warn us about the looming Sixth Mass Extinction and to offer a hopeful plan for avoiding it.

Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir about Food, Flamenco, and Falling in Love by Nellie Bennett. Call Number 914.6048 BEN

A witty and enjoyable memoir of a girl who fell in love with flamenco dance and with Spain.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Voter Registration at the Library

Voter Registration will take place in the library lobby on Tuesday, October 7, from 4-7 PM.    Click here for details on the registration process.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glenview.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Homeowners in Northfield Township can safely dispose of unwanted household cleaning and maintenance products this week through Northfield Township’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.

The items can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19, at the Northfield Township Road District garage, 1928 Lehigh Avenue.

Acceptable items are: antifreeze, cleaning products that are consumer commodities only, charcoal lighter fluid, driveway sealer (limit of 2 five-gallon buckets), drain cleaners, paint thinners and gasoline in approved/original containers only, insecticide and herbicides.

For more information, click here. Identification will be checked.

Real Reviews for Readers

Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario. Call Number 305.23 NAZ

Though the book was written seven years ago, it covers one of the hottest topic in today's news--children and young adults who cross into the U.S. from Central America and their lives once they succeed in arriving here. Nazario, a journalist, worked backward to study one young man's journey; she retraced his steps from his home in Honduras to meeting his mother after an eleven year separation. The most revealing aspect of the book was the harrowing journey from Honduras to Mexico and finally, through an expensive coyote, to Laredo, Texas. The sadness of his life with his mother after both of their sacrifices was a poignant portrait as there was a huge adjustment on both sides. This is an unforgettable and revealing story of hardship and perseverance

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. Call Number B CLARK, H. DED

This is one of those true stories that deserved the special treatment and research that Dedman did. He co-wrote it with Huguette Clark's cousin who had phone conversations with the reclusive heiress when she lived in a hospital room for the last twenty years of her life. The daughter of a copper baron richer than Carnegie or Rockefeller and worth $300 million, she acquired apartments and houses in New York, California and Connecticut, but never lived in them or even visited. That wasn't even the oddest part: she collected dolls and had houses made especially for them by European craftsman. She never saw the dolls but had a caretaker take photos and bring them to her hospital room. She had a view of an air conditioning unit from her last hospital room but owned a home in Santa Barbara on a mesa. A remarkable exploration of wealth and the sad life of Huguette Clark. (Worth reading just to learn about the caretaker, a Licensed Practical Nurse, who inherited $30 million.)

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer. Call Number 359.9435 DYE

Though this is a subject I had no particular interest in exploring, Dyer takes the reader through the fascinating world of life on an aircraft carrier. We learn what the crew is engaged in, that no alcohol is allowed, that most of those serving are about 20 years old, and that they are purposely kept busy most of the time. And there is a "jail" on board when they do get into trouble. Dyer had to be accompanied at all times or he'd be lost. (At least that is what the journalist was told.) From the kitchens to the flight deck, Dyer shares what he learned in the two weeks he lived on board. Fascinating, at times funny, and very informative.

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit. Call Number 814.54 SOL

Solnit is a brilliant observer; she can take a variety of unrelated topics and somehow they are connected. Included in these essays are: her relationship with her mother, Che Guevara and leprosy, her own health problems, apricots, Iceland and many others. Don't worry if these may not appear to grab your interest--you will be enthralled by her inventive prose, her wisdom and clear thinking. I am a fan.

- Reviews by Iva Freeman

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Find these titles and many more in the New Nonfiction on the first floor.

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe by James M. Beidler. Call Number 929.1072043 BEI

Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Prussia, Württemberg and beyond. Beidler walks you through the exciting journey of researching your Germany heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe.

The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe. Call Number 745.61 SHA

Create stylized fonts and expressive artwork based on your own handwriting. Learn twenty art techniques for creating a variety of lettering styles using a variety of mixed media tools and products.

The Plant Lover's Guide to Sedums by Brent Horvath. Call Number 635.93372 HOR

Sedum breeder and nurseryman Brent Horvath dispenses growing tips and design advice for using these rewarding and versatile plants in every part of your garden.
Love Sick: A Memoir of Searching for Mr. Good Enough by Frances Kuffel. Call Number 306.7 KUF

In this sharp and irreverent memoir, Frances Kuffel recalls her quest to replace her on-again, off-again lover with someone new and preferably less unstable. Fifty-three and never married, Frances opens her mind to all possibilities. Once she finally figures out what she's looking for, the only challenge left is to find him.
The Virgin Way: Everything I know About Leadership by Richard Branson. Call Number 658.4092 BRA

Virgin Group founder Branson has taken on giants like British Airways and won, and monsters like Coca-Cola and lost. Now he gives an inside look at his strikingly different swashbuckling style of leadership.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September is Hunger Action Month

Think about the pantry this month
September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign to take action on the issue of hunger in America. There are families without enough food to eat in Glenview who turn to the Northfield Township Food Pantry for assistance.

Consider dropping off non-perishable food donations at the pantry, 3801 W. Lake Avenue, or make a credit card donation here. These Glenview businesses also provide drop-off locations during regular hours: AAA Lock & Key, 1730 Waukegan Road; Effective Air, 2033 Johns Court; First American Bank, 2102 Willow Road; and the Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Boulevard.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New in Nonfiction

Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe, by Jim Davies. Call Number 155.7 DAV

A look at what grabs our attention and why. Davies (cognitive science, Carleton Univ.) explains how our old and new brains interact with each other, and how the element of surprise keeps us captivated.
Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into A Year-round Vegetable Garden, by Elizabeth Millard. Call Number 635.048 MIL

Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen. Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of Do-It-Yourself in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to an exciting new growing method.

Help your Kids With Computer Coding: A Unique Step-by-step Visual Guide, From Binary Code to Building Games, by Carol Vorderman. Call Number 005.1 VOR

This unique guide is full of fun exercises and helpful tips that will help children learn all aspects of coding. Step-by-step explanations make the complex art of programming clear, teaching the basics of JavaScript, Python, and C++.

Art on Skin: Tattoos, Style, and the Human Canvas, by Nancy J. Hajeski. Call Number 391.65 HAJ

The twenty-first century has seen a boom in tattooing, with millions of American's-23 percent of them- boasting ink on their body. This popular pastime is not something to be taken lightly, as there are dozens of aspects to consider when planning your ink. Art on Skin helps with that planning by detailing the different types of art, ink, and artists that comprise the industry.